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Dr. Jeffrey Rumbyrt Dr. Rumbyrt
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
28 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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What is stainless steel jewelry? Are people allergic to it?

What is stainless steel jewelry? Are people allergic to it?

It depends: "stainless steel" is a carbon based metal. However, most "stainless steel" - even so called "surgical stainless" will contain other metals in trace amounts. If people are allergic to nickel or chromium, if their stainless steel has enough of those metals in it, they might have a reaction.

Dr. Wenjay Sung Dr. Sung
Podiatry
10 years in practice
Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University
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I am allergic to surgical steel what type of jewelry can I use?

I am allergic to surgical steel what type of jewelry can I use?

Nickel allergy: Most surgical steel allergy is to the nickel alloy. Avoid any nickel alloy plating. Yellow gold is usually safe, but avoid silver. Platinum may also be safe but check with the jeweler and ask for the purity of all metals purchased.

Dr. Jeffrey Rumbyrt Dr. Rumbyrt
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
28 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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Is it possible to be allergic to stainless steel earrings?

Yes: Nickel or chromium are metals that are often "mixed" with stainless steel to give it more durability, or shine, or strength. Thus, if one is allergic to nickel or chromium, they can have a reaction to stainless steel earrings.

Dr. Nayla Mumneh Dr. Mumneh
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Should a person allergic to metal (or the nickel in it) have a reaction to stainless steel?

Metal allergy: Ideally you should be fine, unless there is nickel in it, there are kits you can buy to test jewelry for nickel content.

Dr. Efren Rael Dr. Rael
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
14 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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What metals in jewelry are people usually allergic to?

What metals in jewelry are people usually allergic to?

Metal allergy: The most common metals associated with contact dermatitis allergy are nickel, cobalt, gold sodium thiosulphate. The T.R.U.E. Test can help clarify if these metals are implicated with the contact allergy associated with rash. Here is a link for more information on the T.R.U.E. Test: http://www. Smartpractice. Com/Apps/WebObjects/SmartPractice. Woa/wa/content? F=product-truetest. Html&m=SPA

Dr. Jeffrey Rumbyrt Dr. Rumbyrt
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
28 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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What are the best metals for someone who is allergic to cheap jewelry?

What are the best metals for someone who is allergic to cheap jewelry?

Gold and Platinum: People who are allergic to "cheap jewelry" are usually allergic to nickel and/or chromium. Though contact allergy can occur to any metal, the lowest rates of reaction are (unfortunately for some) to the more expensive metals like gold and platinum. The higher the quality, the less likely there is for a reaction.

Dr. James Wright Dr. Wright
Dentistry
29 years in practice
Marquette University School of Dentistry
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If I am allergic to nickel and palladium, what kind of jewelry can I wear?

If I am allergic to nickel and palladium, what kind of jewelry can I wear?

18k or Platinum: My wife is a jeweler and she says platinum always works. 18k as long as no nickel is used in the mixture.

Dr. Jeffrey Rumbyrt Dr. Rumbyrt
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
28 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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Is fake silver jewelry likely to make me itch if allergic to nickel?

Is fake silver jewelry likely to make me itch if allergic to nickel?

Yes: Nickel and chromium are often mixed with silver to make it more durable and less likely to tarnish. If you are allergic to nickel, than very likely, "fake silver" jewelry will cause a reaction as it is likely to contain nickel.

Dr. Andrew Oswari Dr. Oswari
Family Medicine
20 years in practice
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
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Can a metal allergy test be used in determining what type of earrings or jewelry one can wear?

Can a metal allergy test be used in determining what type of earrings or jewelry one can wear?

Yes: You can get a patch test by an allergist that can determine if you're allergic to different things. The most common is a nickel allergy. It can easily be diagnosed by just your history and skin reaction to the offending agent.

Dr. Bac Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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I'm allergic to nickel as found in jewelry. Can I wear chrome plated jewelry without itching or breaking out?

I'm allergic to nickel as found in jewelry. Can I wear chrome plated jewelry without itching or breaking out?

Chrome over nickel: Purely "chromed" jewelry should be fine, but some are actually chromium-plated over nickel (making it more durable), thus once the chromium is worn-off exposing nickel you can still have trouble. Typically the reaction is slow and so if you start to have any trouble with the chromed/nickeled product, stop using asap and you should be fine. Topical steroid helps the rash. Consult doc. Good luck.

Dr. Georgia Latham Dr. Latham
Family Medicine
31 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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Never allergic to jewelry, developing rash under wedding band set (rough, red, itchy), white gold, no rash anywhere else when wearing gold?

Never allergic to jewelry, developing rash under wedding band set (rough, red, itchy), white gold, no rash anywhere else when wearing gold?

Wedding ring rash: Wedding ring rash is a fairly common condition. It can occur at any time, sometimes even years, after beginning to wear a ring. It can be due to an allergy to the nickel component in the metal, or to irritation resulting from extended periods of moisture, or contact with soaps or other chemicals.

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Dr. Rowlin Lichter Dr. Lichter
Orthopedic Surgery
68 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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I was recently told that my surgeon put in a stainless steel plate in my arm & not titanium. I have an allergy to Nickel. Will this cause me problems?

I was recently told that my surgeon put in a stainless steel plate in my arm & not titanium. I have an allergy to Nickel. Will this cause me problems?

Ni Allergy: Unless the allergy is severe, the Ni leaching out of a plate should be insignificant. Since there is rarely enough friction to aggravate any elution when placed on a long bone or a flat one your are probably safe. Swelling and redness around the area would prove me wrong.

Dr. Joy Jackson Dr. Jackson
Family Medicine
15 years in practice
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How many people are allergic to titanium in the surgical clips? #nqlu I had a lap. Gallbladder surgery removal I have been having a lot of problems. I have always been allergic to jewlery, I have had constant infections, skin rashes, etc.

How many people are allergic to titanium in the surgical clips? #nqlu I had a lap. Gallbladder surgery removal I have been having a lot of problems. I have always been allergic to jewlery, I have had constant infections, skin rashes, etc.

This: This is a very rare allergy and your question is impossible to answer. There is no reporting system in place to document suspected or real cases of titanium allergy, therefore there is no way to know how many people are allergic to titanium. If you feel you are allergic to titanium there is a test called the melisa test. Your doctor should be able to find out where you can obtain such testing. Good luck.

Dr. John Goldman Dr. Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
51 years in practice
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
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For the past few days my left wrist has been very itchy. I have a bad nickel allergy so no jewelry. I tried lotion, Olux, and Cortizone (hydrocortisone) and no relief.

For the past few days my left wrist has been very itchy. I have a bad nickel allergy so no jewelry. I tried lotion, Olux, and Cortizone (hydrocortisone) and no relief.

What is your exposur: This brings up the question of what you may be exposed to now that you are not aware of. The nickel allergy reaction is contact dermatitis and this suggests you may have another sensitizer. You might do an inventory - watch, new detergent, etc. This is not generalized but localized to something near the left wrist. Is the wrist itchy on the top or bottom? Maybe your dog has somet

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Dr. Frank Butera Dr. Butera
Pediatrics
40 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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My adult son has a rash right below his neck, between his collar bones. He recently started wearing metal jewelry. Could this be an allergic reaction?

My adult son has a rash right below his neck, between his collar bones. He recently started wearing metal jewelry. Could this be an allergic reaction?

Yes: Contact allergy to nickel is very common. Nickel is used extensively in cheap jewelry. He likely won't have a problem is he wears "pure" gold or silver.

Dr. Paul Carter Dr. Carter
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
26 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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Dr. Joram Seggev Dr. Seggev
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
years in practice
The Hebrew University, Hadassah Medical School
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How can I know if I'm allergic to surgical steel?

How can I know if I'm allergic to surgical steel?

It depends: Surgical steel, in most cases, is not associated with allergy. If you have never had problems with any metals on your skin (jewelry, watches, belt buckles, piercings), you have nothing to worry about. If you did, there is a test called patch testing that can be performed by a board-certified allergist immunologist which can help. Blood tests are of questionable value.

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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In my late 30'suddenly. Allergic to metal. In my skin?

Not uncommon: Contact allergic dermatitis can occur at any age with nickel allergy being most common.

Dr. Maziar Rezvani Dr. Rezvani
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
17 years in practice
Ross University School of Medicine
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My child is allergic to metal. What precautions should itake?

Metal Allergy: The most common metal allergy is nickel. Usually this is suspected when your metal objects such as a front button or jewelry which contain nickel are exposed to the skin and cause an eczematous type of rash. This can be confirmed by patch testing with your physician.

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